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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 16.1% and is now 12.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
California 3.9% -0.2 -2.5
Chico 4.0% +0.1 -2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in March 2010 at 14,808. There are now 11,068 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,523 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 217. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 3,740 +164 -1,974

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.9% 4.0% 3,740
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 3.9% 3,576
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 3.8% 3,523
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.0% 3,696
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.2% 3,867
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 4,044
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.7% 4,297
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 5.1% 4,698
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 5.5% 5,050
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 5.9% 5,404
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 5.8% 5,381

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.